Assistant Professor/Reference Librarian for Health Sciences, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg MS

The University of Southern Mississippi invites applicants for a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track faculty position as assistant professors/librarian in the Reference Services Department of Cook Library in the University Libraries to begin in April 2014.

(1)   Assistant Professor/Reference Librarian for Health Sciences


Reference librarians are members of a team responsible for providing general and specialized reference, instruction and collection development services and report to the head of Reference Services.


Duties and responsibilities:

  • Serves as primary contact between the Libraries and their assigned college(s) with regard to supporting the college's research resource and instructional needs
  • Provides reference and directional assistance to all library users, in-person, by telephone and via electronic communication methods
  • Provides instruction in the use of research resources through individual research consultations and formal class presentations
  • Serves as bibliographer for assigned academic departments within the assigned college
  • Prepares bibliographies, user guides, tutorials and other research resources as needed
  • Creates and maintains Web content for selected subject areas and throughout the Libraries' website, as assigned
  • Maintains knowledge and skills related to research resources and their delivery
  • Provides service to the Libraries, the university, the profession and the community to fulfill the expectations for tenure and promotion
  • Engages in research and scholarly activity to fulfill the expectations for tenure and promotion
  • Works evenings, weekends and holidays in rotation with Reference Services Department personnel
  • Performs other duties as assigned


Minimum qualifications:

  • Master's degree in library or information science from a program accredited by the American Library Association is required
  • Education (coursework or degree) or experience in the area of job emphasis
  • Demonstrated experience using online databases and other types of research resources
  • Demonstrated ability to teach the concepts and skills of information research in both formal and informal settings


Preferred qualifications:

  • Knowledge of research resources in the area of job emphasis
  • Demonstrated experience providing reference and instruction in an academic library
  • Experience or interest in developing outreach programs that engage faculty and students with library research resources


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(1)   Reference Librarian for Health Sciences,


Review of applications begins January 2, 2014; however, applications will continue to be accepted until position is filled.

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